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Annual San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival & Street Faire

Photo by Alan Crosthwaite

Annual San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival & Street Faire

This Sunday is the annual Fall Festival & Street Faire hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. The event is on Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Blvd. and Grand Avenue and lasts from 9 am to 5 pm. This family friendly event includes nearly 200 vendors with food, crafts, jewelry, artwork and more

 

New Data: San Marcos Manufacturing is Booming

New Data: San Marcos Manufacturing is Booming

The industry is the city’s second-largest economic sector

San Marcos is home to a bustling manufacturing industry, and though most of us never actually see it, recent findings reveal just how much business is booming in the city’s industrial parks.

Manufacturing is the city’s second-largest economic sector, accounting for nearly 7 percent of local gross domestic product (GDP), or about $5M annually—and providing 11 percent of the city’s employment, which is about 4,300 jobs, according to research by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC).

What’s more, the median income for manufacturing jobs in San Marcos is about $70,000, which is nearly $15,000 higher than the rest of the region, state and nation. That’s thanks to a cluster of high-tech companies that make medical devices and information technology instruments.

“San Marcos is fortunate to have a manufacturing industry that attracts top talent and is a major contributor to our city’s economy,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill.

Of course, this begs the question: What has attracted these manufacturers to San Marcos? And what is keeping them here?

The answer largely boils down to ample industrial space, and increasingly, a more collaborative relationship with the growing city.

For example, Hunter Industries, a global leader in irrigation, was launched in San Marcos 36 years ago and is now the city’s largest private employer. As the company has expanded, the city  has been able to accommodate its headquarters, which now spans 20 acres and 11 buildings.

“We don’t have to pick up and move miles away as we grow,” explained Scotty Lombardi, Hunter Industries Senior Manager of Global Talent Management. “In fact, we’re about to break ground on another empty lot in our business park.”

The company also has 1 billion square-feet of manufacturing space across the world, but it’s managed to keep about 30 percent here in San Marcos. But beyond space, Lombardi says Hunter Industries has appreciated more outreach from the city in recent years.

“We are now much more aware of what’s happening in the city around us,” he said. “San Marcos has made it clear they’re a business partner and that makes us want to stay.”

That mix of industrial inventory and a business-friendly government is not only keeping longstanding companies put but is also attracting new manufacturers—particularly in the rising wave of craft beer and spirits.

The city already has nearly a dozen distilleries and breweries, which will soon include Raging Cider & Mead Co, slated to open next month.

“San Marcos is a great location for us because it has breweries, taphouses and pubs that cater to a public looking for new experiences in the world of craft beverages,” said David Carr, President of Raging Cider & Mead Co.

And though this venture is part of an emerging scene, Carr himself is no stranger to the San Marcos manufacturing industry. In fact, for the past 17 years San Marcos has been home to his other manufacturing company, Crown Steel, which specializes in custom stainless steel fabrication and restaurant equipment.

Carr now plans to run both manufacturing companies out of his 20,000 square-foot industrial space. As a longtime local entrepreneur, Carr says working with other manufacturers is one of the things he enjoys most about being in San Marcos.

“We have discovered many other manufacturers in San Marcos who either provide services we need or have use of services we offer, and that’s been very good for our business,” he said.

Collectively, all that manufacturing activity in San Marcos is helping the San Diego region keep its footing as an industry hub, which includes more than 3,000 companies supporting more than 105,000 jobs, according the to San Diego Regional EDC.

In that vein, the upcoming Manufacturing Day, a national series of events that aims to celebrate the industry, is slated for the first week of October and locally, there in an event that will include San Marcos.

On Wednesday, October 4, MiraCosta Community College will host North County Manufacturing Day, which will feature a networking event and a resource fair. For more information, you can visit https://www.mfgday.com/events/2017/miracosta-technology-career-institute.

“Events like these are important because they shine a light on an often unseen yet important industry for the regional economy—and San Marcos is proud to be a driving force behind that,” Radmill said.

To learn more about the city’s economic development efforts, contact Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill at tradmill@san-marcos.net.

San Elijo Hills Fall Festival

San Elijo Hills Fall Festival showed off the new tenants and current San Elijo Hills Town Center business. Ambient Communities showed designs and floor plans. Did you attend?

Taste of San Marcos This Saturday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

Taste of San Marcos

Sample and judge the best bites from 20+ of our finest local restaurants. Your vote will award the Golden Fork to the best bite of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include unlimited craft beer samples in our own Beer Garden.

Taste of San Marcos 2017
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM4:00 PM PDT
Tickets – Website:www.sanmarcoschamber.com
Location:
Hosted in the hippest area of San Marcos – North City!
(all along North City Drive)
Contact Information:
Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270
Fees/Admission:
Ticket Sales – In Advance
$20.00 Food Sampling Only
$30.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer SamplingsTicket Sales – At the Door
$25.00 Food Sampling Only
$35.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Participating Restaurants
Ara Lebanese Grill
Cay Bistro
Chronic Tacos
Cocina del Charro
​Curry Craft
Decoy Dockside
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
Everbowl
Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House
It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen
Nekter Juice Bar
Old California Coffee House and Eatery
Panda Express
Pick Up Stix
Pizza Nova
Rossi’s Pizza
​San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Stella Public House
URGE Gastropub & Common House

​Participating Breweries
Hop Concept, The
Lost Abbey, The
​Mason Ale Works
Newtopia Cyder
Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
​Port Brewing Co.

San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Facing high demand for housing and less call for retail space, San Marcos is overhauling a decade-old plan that outlines what sort of development will go into is long-desired downtown core. City officials, looking for public input to help reshape the downtown plan, will hold a community workshop to tackle the topic next month. The goal is to have plan updated by next summer.For years, San Marcos has dreamed of building a mix of retail, office and housing to create — from scratch — a downtown core in an area it has dubbed the Creek District. The Creek District Specific Plan outlines what can be built and where. It includes 214 acres straddling the San Marcos Creek, parallel to San Marcos Boulevard, in the area of Bent Avenue, Grand Avenue and Discovery Street.The original plan called for roughly 2,300 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of retail space and 589,000 square feet of office space. READ MORE VIA Source: San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Taste of San Marcos 2017

Taste of San Marcos

Sample and judge the best bites from 20+ of our finest local restaurants. Your vote will award the Golden Fork to the best bite of the day. Upgrade your ticket to include unlimited craft beer samples in our own Beer Garden.

Taste of San Marcos 2017
Date: September 23, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM4:00 PM PDT
Location:
Hosted in the hippest area of San Marcos – North City!
(all along North City Drive)
Contact Information:
Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270
Fees/Admission:
Ticket Sales – In Advance
$20.00 Food Sampling Only
$30.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Ticket Sales – At the Door
$25.00 Food Sampling Only
$35.00 Food & Unlimited San Marcos Craft Beer Samplings

Participating Restaurants
Ara Lebanese Grill
Cay Bistro
Chronic Tacos
Cocina del Charro
​Curry Craft
Decoy Dockside
Dickey’s Barbeque Pit
Everbowl
Halcyon Craft Bar & Coffee House
It’s Tabu Sushi Bar & Grill
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Landon’s Gourmet Kitchen
Nekter Juice Bar
Old California Coffee House and Eatery
Panda Express
Pick Up Stix
Pizza Nova
Rossi’s Pizza
​San Marcos Brewery & Grill
Stella Public House
URGE Gastropub & Common House

​Participating Breweries
Hop Concept, The
Lost Abbey, The
​Mason Ale Works
Newtopia Cyder
Rip Current Brewing
Stumblefoot Brewing Co.
​Port Brewing Co.

Dogtopia San Marcos’ Charity Dog Wash Benefiting Paws with a Cause

Dogtopia San Marcos Hosts Annual Charity Dog Wash, Saturday, August 5

Dogtopia San Marcos will host annual Charity Dog Wash to raise money for service dogs – Saturday, August 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Dogtopia is teaming up with PAWS With a Cause, which provides custom-trained Assistance Dogs with people with disabilities.

The dog wash will take place at Dogtopia San Marcos, located at 925 W. San Marcos Blvd. (92078).

This is Dogtopia’s 14th Annual Charity Dog Wash. Over the years, the charity event has raised more than $140,000 nationally for organizations that provide service dogs.

San Diegans can get involved by making donations, or bringing their pooches in for a wash at a $15 requested donation. Additional grooming a la carte spa services – such as de-shed treatments, brush outs, nail trims, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, flea/tick treatments – will be available for donations on a first come, first serve basis.

They will also be serving up BBQ’d burgers and hotdogs to all donors. The event will also feature dog training demos, agility course, raffles, photos, merchandise for sale, plus fun and games for the whole family.

Dogtopia San Marcos is celebrating three years as new owners with customer appreciation toasts, snacks, wine and craft beer.

Dogtopia can help other non-profit organizations raise money through charity dog washes. Dogtopia is also looking for event volunteers. If interested, email sanmarcos@dogdaycare.com. For additional information on Dogtopia, visit www.dogtopia.com/san-marcos.

Report: San Marcos’ Gaining Steam in Key Economic, Education Areas

Housing and business stock are on the rise, and there’s still plenty of potential for growth

In recent years, San Marcos has seen household incomes grow and the already low unemployment rate fall. At the same time, the city is home to high-paying industries and universities that are a pipeline for regional talent.

Those are among the takeaways of a recently released City of San Marcos Regional Profile, which demonstrates with comprehensive data sets the city’s momentum in key economic and education areas.

The city commissioned the regional profile, produced by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC), to gain insight and information to be used on future economic development efforts, a major priority for the city.

The regional profile encompasses four sections: demographics, socioeconomics, the housing market and the economy, with major findings that include:

  • Household income grew by 8.9 percent each year from 2011 to 2015, greatly outpacing the region’s rate of 1.4 percent;
  • The unemployment rate of 2.9 percent continues to be low, and historical unemployment data show the city weathered the Great Recession better than the region, state and nation;
  • San Marcos boasts 4,000 businesses, up 10 percent from a decade ago. Local firms’ resiliency in the face of the Great Recession has been a key to San Marcos’ status as an economic powerhouse;
  • As North County’s education hub, San Marcos produces 10 percent of the San Diego region’s total academic program completions, with the lion’s share coming from Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College;
  • Higher-than-average median wages can be found in three high-paying industries: manufacturing, wholesale trade and information; and
  • Between 2010 and 2015 housing stock grew by 10.1 percent—San Marcos has more opportunities for development than other regional cities.

“The numbers in the regional profile tell the story: San Marcos’ growing reputation as a great place to live, work and play is well deserved. Not only do we have 40,000 jobs, an annual GDP totaling $7.9 billion and stellar educational institutions, but the community also boasts 72 miles of multi-use trails, 300 acres of park space, 240 restaurants and eight breweries,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill.

As for the work piece of that trio, the City bolstered its business-friendly reputation through proactive economic development, which in 2012 the City Council prioritized in response to the tough economy and the end of redevelopment funding. City efforts thus far have included cutting red tape from the development approval process and there is recognition that there is room for more improvement.

Also part of this commitment to improving business is the regional profile itself, the City’s first such snapshot that will shape future economic development initiatives.

“This profile provides clarity and insight into San Marcos’ regional strengths, in addition to identifying the fundamental drivers of the local economy,” said Kirby Brady, the San Diego Regional EDC’s Director of Research. “It is clear that the city is an economic powerhouse with a diverse economic base, a highly-educated and talented workforce, and opportunities for growth.”

To review the full regional profile, visit www.san-marcos.net/regionalprofile.

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